Wicking bed workshop – August 3rd

We cut a 1000 litre plastic tank in two and filled the bottom 20cm of one half with landscaper blue metal. Holes were drilled through the tank 20cm up to allow overflow to leak out. Onto this went weed matting, with a hole cut for a PVC tube to allow water to be poured into the bottom. Another PVC tube with slots cut was placed onto the weed mat to be a worm hotel. Then compost was shovelled in. Old iron was attached around the outside.

Thanks to Ray, Janet, Emily, Jess, Melinda, Sandra and Jed for making this water and nutrient saving recycled wicking garden. Contact us if you want to help make the other half!

Edible Garden Trail – Sat March 2nd

Backyard growers, large and small, from Lapstone to Hartley will open their gardens to the public on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd March 2019 sharing their passion and knowledge to inspire self-reliance.

The Mid Blue Mountains Community Garden will be open for the trail only on the Saturday March 2nd from 10 – 4 pm.

The Edible Garden Trail is a not-for-profit community event, and is this year sponsored by Scenic World Shared, Bendigo Bank Katoomba, Blue Mountains City Council and Blue Mountains Food Co-op.

Visitors to the Edible Garden Trail are required to purchase tickets ($25 per person/$20 concession or groups of 4+). The ticket, which comes with a wristband and program, gives visitors access to all gardens on the trail over both days of the weekend. Individual garden tickets can be purchased at individual gardens at a cost of $5 per person/$2 concession.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets go towards the running costs of the trail, printing of the program, and to fund school and community garden grants. Last year the inaugural Edible Garden Trail donated $2000 in garden grants to Mount Victoria and Blackheath Public Schools, Kindlehill School and Blackheath Community Farm.

Banks help with garden infrastructure

MMCG (auspiced by Mid Mountains Community Centre) would like to acknowledge two community grants: Bendigo Bank‘s $500 for irrigation and drought proofing and

Bankwest‘s $200 towards the purchase of a brush cutter. Both are much appreciated, with thanks.

We meet on Saturdays 9-12 in the grounds of Kihilla 5-17 Queens Road, Lawson. Volunteers are welcome to assist with all types of garden work and to reap the harvest rewards. No experience is needed, only willingness. Contact 0407926386 for further information or just turn up.

BELOW: Something is watching Ray, but he can’t see it. Can you?
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The gardens aren’t quite the same without Nev, founding member and Ray’s trusty companion of many a Saturday morning. He struggled up the slope to greet visitors until the end, even in the summer sun. He loved to snap away at rainwater from the hose, hang out with visiting dogs and drown out conversation when he felt like having a stick thrown for him. See ya Nev, we miss you mate.